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Barcelona experts -- quiet area to stay during Le Mercè festival?

My family and I are going to be in Barcelona during Le Mercè festival in September 2020. This was not planned but we are looking forward to the opportunity to experience Catalan culture and festivities first hand. However, we are hoping to find an area offering quiet accommodations away from the main areas of where the festival would be held. From what I can tell, a schedule of events has not yet been published. Currently looking at hotels and apartments in L'Eixample but open to suggestions. This is our first trip to Barcelona. Any help is appreciated.

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Allyson - These 2 neighborhoods in Barcelona are excellent. The Gràcia and L'Eixample Barrio. Try look for apartments in the Gràcia area by googling (Gran de Gràcia Barcelona Apartment).

https://www.neverendingvoyage.com/gracia-barcelona-guide/

Try Hotel Barcelona 1882 in the Gràcia area. https://www.hotelbarcelona1882.com/

https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/areas/eixample-barcelona.html

Take a peek also at Sarrià Neighborhood:

https://meet.barcelona.cat/en/discover-barcelona/districts/sarria-sant-gervasi/sarria

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Hi it's difficult to suggest a quiet neighborhood in Barcelona, even without La Merce going on, Barcelona is not a quiet city, but that is its charm - always something going on. The epicenter of the festivities will be in the Ciudad Vieja (i.e. Bario Gotico) and la Eixample and Magic Fountain, mainly focused around the main plazas, from there the events spread throughout the rest of the city.

I'd probably recommend Gracia as well, for a quieter part of the city, specifically the Vila de Gracia neighborhood. You could also try Sagrada Familia, the neighborhood itself, not the actual church lol. It's a balancing act, because you are looking for a quiet corner of the city, but at the same time you don't want to be so far away from the actual tourist sights and festivities lol!

For a hotel in la Eixample, I can recommend Hotel HCC St. Moritz, when friends are in town I usually recommend they stay there. It's centrally located but surprisingly quiet.

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Carlos - How about the neighborhood of Sarrià in Barcelona? What is your take? I toured the area in 2018 and found it very quiet. Although, it is a bit further from the major attractions.

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We stayed at Hotel Balmes on Carrer de Mallorca at Carrer de Balmes when we were there during La Merce. No idea which neighborhood that is considered, but close to the one you mentioned. It was close to Casa Mila and Casa Batlo, and about 12 blocks from the Sagrada Familia. It wasn’t that far from the festivities, yet away from the crowds and close enough to walk to the events.

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Allyson,
We were in Barcelona September 2016 during the wonderful Le Merce'. We stayed at the lovely, quiet Hotel Jazz. It was in L'Eixample. It was centrally located, well appointed rooms, great staff, and superb breakfast! Another feature we appreciated was the roof top pool and bar. A great place to relax at the end of a busy day. We walked to most sights. We would gladly stay at Hotel Jazz again. Enjoy the cultural experience!